If you’re obsessed with one thing, which in my case is enjoying automobiles, then cocktail parties become an interesting affair. Inevitably the questions come and I have to explain what I do.

Have you driven a Bugatti? For sure. How about Porsche? Sure, there’s the latest, super deluxe model in my garage for testing this week.

Yet, all of those conversations lead to that singular question: what’s the best car you’ve driven?

My answer is always the same: it’s a Porsche 911 restored by a small company in Southern California.

At this point in the conversation, their eyes glaze over, and they start wondering whether they locked their front door.

To me, though, a Porsche that’s been restored by Singer Vehicle Design is the ultimate expression of the 911.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve given Singer’s work a go, and the Indonesia car (Singer refers to their restorations after their intended destination) you see here is the one I drove. The experience was mind blowing.

The simplest way to articulate the driving experience is to imagine a vaguely vintage, lightweight 911 vibe, a chassis fitted with a powerful, air cooled, flat six engine, mixed with modern braking, damping, tires, and telepathic steering, and finished with the attention to detail of NASA’s Apollo program.

 

At the time the Indonesia car’s restoration was said to cost US $375,000. If you’re in the market for a new supercar, say an Huracan, 650S, or a even 488, this number is par for the course.

Recently I saw a number for a restoration by Singer that said $575,000. Like it or not, this is the cost to obtain this level of Porsche perfection. For me, it’s still worth every penny, but it’s impossible to be rational about it. As if you can be sensible about any supercar.

There also seems to be no shortage of customers looking for a Singer restoration, which speaks to the success of Singer’s ethos.

Still, this cost puts it in the range of a new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, never mind above the current market value of a clean GT3 RS 4.0, which happens to be my second favourite car for good reason. I’ll save that story for another day, but for now please enjoy the video we made about Singer Vehicle Design.

This is the best car I’ve ever driven.

Images courtesy Singer Vehicle Design.

Published on Sep 15, 2015